March 2014 Blog Posts (31)

IPCC: No One Is Immune From Effects of Climate Change

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued the 32-volume, 2,610-page report on the changing global climate. The report sounds a clear alarm that global climate change is…
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Added by James McCallum on March 31, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

PwC's Risk in Review 2014



Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) has published its annual…
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Added by James McCallum on March 30, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Advice twice as nice: How the digital environment can deliver advice that builds financial experiences

Despite the global trends demanding that individuals take greater action to manage their personal finances, a huge number of retail customers fail to either seek or use professional financial advice. In the UK, a recent survey by Yorkshire Building Society found that more than one in four savers are finding it difficult to access or afford financial advice. In the wake of the implementation of the Retail Distribution Review (RDR) in the UK, most high street banks, and many financial…

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Added by Harriet Wakelam on March 28, 2014 at 1:03am — No Comments

SME World 2014: Transparency Gets the Loan

Though 90 per cent of Dubai registered companies are small and medium enterprises (SMEs), just 4% of all business loans goes to SMEs. In developed…
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Added by James McCallum on March 27, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

A Taxing Problem: Digital Assets and Global E-Commerce

The Independent reports that Ireland's Chartered Accountants are warning that "new OECD proposals on taxing hi-tech multinational companies will…
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Added by James McCallum on March 26, 2014 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Risk Leadership: Driving Cultural Change through Engagement

Risk Leadership: Driving Cultural Change through Engagement



So many people that  I meet for the first time from outside the risk profession have a very poor perception of risk management as a discipline.  They see it as a compliance activity at best and most see it as a handbrake on…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 26, 2014 at 7:14am — No Comments

SME's Stand Their Ground, Get The Loan

Terrific piece on SME lending in yesterday's Irish Independent.



More than half of all lending decisions appealed to the Credit Review Office by small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are…

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Added by James McCallum on March 25, 2014 at 2:30am — No Comments

Risk Leadership: Why History Keeps Repeating Itself

Since Darwin’s Origin of the Species we have recognised how nature adapts to survive.  Modern humankind continues to adapt to survive while following these two innate risk management principles:



•    If it hurts us we learn and take action in proportion to the degree of pain.



•    The next time we face the same pain we are…

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Added by Bryan Whitefield on March 24, 2014 at 6:14am — No Comments

Singapore Sling: Basel III Amps SME Credit Risk

SME lending just got more expensive in Singapore. Basel III capital requirements has increased the risk weighting on SME loans. Banks are now required to set aside more capital to protect against SME…

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Added by James McCallum on March 23, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Anatomy of a Tax Audit

Its that time of year again.  April 15th looms ever larger as small businesses scramble to meet the IRS  tax filing deadline.  For many small businesses, tax filing is handled by a trusted accountant or business adviser. That tends to take the trauma out of this annual exercise in pain.  But even with the…
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Added by James McCallum on March 22, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

SME Capital Formation: Money to Main Street

Dun & Bradstreet has initiated a timely capital formation…
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Added by James McCallum on March 21, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

SME Credit Channels Open

Golden Pacific Bank in California has created a new lending subsidiary to provide SBA loans for small mid-size business enterprises…
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Added by James McCallum on March 20, 2014 at 2:00am — No Comments

Mind the gap between the customer and the platform

Customers? They’re more connected and empowered than ever. The result? Financial services providers need to focus on the creation of customer platforms that deliver a satisfying experience, as well as the services and products they need.

What do we mean by a platform? In short, a platform seeks to provide an experience that adds value to the user experience beyond a list of services and products. A good platform also increases long- term customer engagement by adding new features and…

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Added by Nick Levy on March 19, 2014 at 7:37pm — No Comments

SME Credit Repair

As the US economy slowly emerges from the great recession many small businesses are looking upon battered…
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Added by James McCallum on March 19, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Deductions and Tax Audit Risk

The filing deadline for filing taxes is fast approaching. Small Mid-Size Business Enterprises (SME) need to be aware of all the…
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Added by James McCallum on March 19, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

Cultural Revolution at Apple: Lessons for SMEs

Marketplace Interview:

This Marketplace interview is relevant to the…

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Added by James McCallum on March 18, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Rationalization: reduce complexity and innovate!

Let’s face it. Complexity is a fact of life in financial services. Mergers and acquisitions, organizational changes, and service offerings across multiple locations result in a maze of disparate and disconnected applications and platforms.

In this environment, radical action is needed to lower maintenance costs, improve operational efficiency and improve customer satisfaction. Rationalization today is mandatory to simplify and improve the way that financial institutions organize their…

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Added by Dominika Dorobisz on March 18, 2014 at 12:16pm — 1 Comment

Half a League, Half a League, Rode the 600

So begins Alfred Lord Tennyson's famous poem, The Charge of…
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Added by James McCallum on March 18, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

A Whiff of Risk

When you get a whiff of risk you must react to assess its danger and do something to protect yourself from its impact. Failing to…
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Added by James McCallum on March 18, 2014 at 1:30am — No Comments

QE Taper Risks Spike in Global Interest Rates

Forbes…
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Added by James McCallum on March 18, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

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